Wolves’ Supporters Trust calls on Premier League fans to push for VAR removal despite club’s rejection, as most teams likely to keep it in June vote

Wolves’ Supporters Trust calls on Premier League fans to push for VAR removal despite club’s rejection, as most teams likely to keep it in June vote

Wolves supporters have called on their counterparts at other top-flight clubs to lobby in favour of scrapping VAR.

The Black Country club issued a statement on Wednesday confirming they supported the removal of VAR and had submitted a resolution to trigger a vote at the Premier League’s annual general meeting on June 6.

The Wolves 1877 Supporters Trust said it was ‘incredibly pleased’ by the stance taken by the club and added: ‘VAR has taken the enjoyment out of the game we all know and love with such little benefit.

‘We are pleased the club have listened to concerns raised by the supporters trust, focus groups and the wider fan base and taken the issue to the Premier League.

‘We now back all supporters trusts of Premier League clubs to come together to ensure their clubs vote in favour of removing VAR and giving us back our game.’

Wolves supporters have called on their counterparts at other top-flight clubs to lobby in favour of scrapping VAR, with Premier League clubs set to vote on the technology’s future next month

Premier League clubs will vote on a proposal to scrap VAR next season at their AGM on June 6

Premier League clubs will vote on a proposal to scrap VAR next season at their AGM on June 6

Wolves put forward a proposal to scrap VAR after believing a handful of important decisions went against them in the 2023-24 season. Pictured: Jeff Shi, chairman of the Midlands club

Wolves put forward a proposal to scrap VAR after believing a handful of important decisions went against them in the 2023-24 season. Pictured: Jeff Shi, chairman of the Midlands club

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That call on the social media platform X was reposted by the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA), which on Thursday highlighted the criticisms levelled at VAR in its summer 2023 fans’ survey, which canvassed the views of almost 10,000 supporters.

The survey found only one in 20 (5.5 per cent) of fans who had experienced VAR in stadiums rated their experience of it as good or very good.

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Almost two-thirds (63.3 per cent) were against its continued use, with 91.9 per cent criticising the length of time taken to make decisions and 95 per cent saying the removal of spontaneity from goal celebrations was a chief concern.

‘There are more correct decisions than ever but 19 out of 20 fans find VAR makes football less enjoyable because of delays and the removal of the immediate joy associated with goal celebrations,’ the FSA post said.

‘Goal-line tech still has wider support as it is almost instantaneous.’

PA understands goal-line technology, which predates VAR, is not part of Wolves’ proposal.

The FSA did acknowledge the engagement it had had with referees’ body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) on the issue, and highlighted that PGMOL would be running a ‘VAR roadshow’ for fans at the FSA’s AGM next month.

The Premier League says it fully supports the continued use of VAR but acknowledges the need for improvements. 

Liverpool fell foul to a poor VAR error in September after Luis Diaz's goal was wrongly ruled out

Liverpool fell foul to a poor VAR error in September after Luis Diaz’s goal was wrongly ruled out

Nottingham Forest, led by owner Evangelos Marinakis, have also vented fury at officials this season, but it is claimed the 'majority of clubs are in favour of sticking by VAR' ahead of June

Nottingham Forest, led by owner Evangelos Marinakis, have also vented fury at officials this season, but it is claimed the ‘majority of clubs are in favour of sticking by VAR’ ahead of June

The Premier League has vowed to make a host of changes to VAR should it remain in the game

The Premier League has vowed to make a host of changes to VAR should it remain in the game

According to Sky Sports, the majority of Premier League clubs are in favour of sticking by VAR.

These clubs, who accept the points outlined by Wolves in their proposal, want the technology to remain in the Premier League – and feel that scrapping VAR would be counterproductive.

However, the top flight outfits have demanded significant changes to the use of technology, which the Premier League is vowing to do ahead of next season.

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